October 29, 2015

VHDA’s Guiding Principles of Homeownership Offers Tips to Maintain Your Property [Part 4]

Now that you have bought your new home, you might be wondering, “What’s next?” VHDA’s Guiding Principles of Homeownership provides important information about maintaining your property. This information is aimed at keeping you on the right track. Here are a few tips about routine upkeep.

Routine upkeep of your home can identify and correct small problems that reduce the chance of developing bigger issues later. Don’t make the costly mistake of thinking, “Out of sight, out of mind.”

As a new homeowner, you should perform the following inspections annually (or more frequently, if needed):

  1. Heating equipment – Inspect filters regularly, and change them when they are dirty. This allows your heating unit to run properly and helps reduce your heating bill.
  2. Plumbing fixtures – To prevent a small problem from becoming a major one, check under sinks and around toilets for signs of leaking or damage from condensation.
  3. Roof – Signs of problems could include curling, torn or missing shingles. It is best to get a professional inspection to determine the actual condition of your roof.
  4. Siding – Metal and vinyl siding should be checked for sagging or buckling, which could be signs of water damage from leaky roofs or too much humidity inside your home. Also, caulking around windows and doors on each side of the house should be checked for peeling or cracking.
  5. Termite inspections – Perform an annual termite inspection to catch any problems early. Termites can cause a great deal of damage to your home.
To help homeowners learn more about home maintenance and saving money on minor repairs, the Virginia Cooperative Extension offers excellent home maintenance classes, free of charge. Check the VCE office nearest you for listings.
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